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Brown Butter Walnut Brownies - 2 dozen
1 cup unsalted butter
4 ounces 72% dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups walnut halves, toasted
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Set the butter in a small pan over medium heat and cook until it has completely melted, turned brown and the milk solids begin to raise to the top, approximately 8-10 minutes. Stir and turn down the heat to medium low to prevent burning. Remove the butter from heat and allow to cool slightly.

2. Pour the chocolate pieces into a heat-resistant metal bowl and set over a pot of simmer water. Scrape in the brown butter and stir occasionally, allowing the chocolate to mix. Place the metal bowl to the set and allow to cool, approximately 5 minutes.

3. While the chocolate and butter mixture cools, whisk together the sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the slightly cooled chocolate and mix well.

4. Add the flour, espresso powder and salt to the chocolate and stir until just combined. Finally, fold in the chocolate chips and nuts. Pour the batter into a buttered and lightly floured 9" x 11" baking dish and slide into an oven preheated to 350 degrees. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until done. Cool for approximately 10 minutes, then slice.